Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Developers unveiled a $15 million renovation plan Wednesday for the hotel, restaurants and public spaces aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, promising to rejuvenate the facilities while maintaining the historic character of the ship.

Urban Commons, a real estate investment and development firm, took over the lease of the ship in April, and officials said the company hopes to return the ship “to her glory days.”

“Our goal is to channel a new aura of regal elegance while maintaining the ship’s cherished historic elements,” said Taylor Woods, principal of Urban Commons. “We intend to stay true to the original art deco design of the ship by working with various manufacturers to emulate and modernize different patterns, designs and furniture. Through this process, we will work closely with the ship’s historical adviser to ensure we meet certain historical requirements.”

As part of the renovation work, the developer plans to add new carpeting, modern lighting and “refurbished millwork.” The 346 original first- class staterooms and nine suites will be overhauled with new furniture, carpet and lighting.

Urban Commons officials said they would be working with Brintons, the British company that designed some of the original carpeting on the ship, to recreate patterns from the era.

The redevelopment will also include refurbishment of public areas of the ship, creating “social hubs” at each end that will be “hip, trendy venues that will attract millennial audiences.”

The work is expected to begin later this year and be completed by late 2017. The ship and hotel will remain open during the project.

–City News Service 

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